18 May 2018

Media Advisory - British Red Cross supports the people of Manchester one year on from terror attack

British Red Cross volunteers will be on hand to provide vital support to the people of Manchester as they come together in remembrance one year on from the Manchester Arena attack.

More than 60 volunteers will be supporting over the nine days of planned events, providing practical, emotional, and psychosocial support to those coming together following last year’s attack. This includes supporting at the civic memorial service at Manchester Cathedral and the Manchester Together With One Voice concert.

The tragedies in Manchester and London last summer caused significant loss of life, and led to one of the largest humanitarian responses by the British Red Cross here in the UK since World War Two. 

In the immediate aftermath of the Manchester Arena attack, the British Red Cross deployed 45 emergency response volunteers and staff, 19 ambulance crews and 22 psychosocial support volunteers;  provided 24/7 psychosocial support to bereaved families and friends, and helped establish a support line for those affected. 

The British Red Cross also helped launch the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, and helped organise the One Love Manchester benefit concert which combined raised almost £21m to alleviate the suffering of the victims and their families.

John Morris, British Red Cross director of emergency response and independent living for the North, said: 

“The horrific attack on Manchester Arena shocked the nation, and the world. It caused unimaginable suffering for the victims and their families, but  it also saw the best of humanity as people came together to show their kindness, raise money for those affected, and provide support in any way they could. 

“Our staff and volunteers were on hand in the aftermath of the attack to fundraise, and provide practical, emotional and psychosocial support to those affected.

“The anniversary will be a difficult time as people come together in grief and solidarity. Our teams will be on the ground again to provide support to anyone who needs it, as the city takes part in its commemorations.” 

How the British Red Cross helped following the Manchester Arena Attack in 2017

  • In the aftermath of the emergencies last summer, over 1,000 British Red Cross volunteers were deployed to assist almost 2,300 people affected by the events in London and Manchester.
  •  In conjunction with Manchester City Council and Manchester Evening News, the British Red Cross set up the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, which has so far raised almost £21m for the victims and their families.
  • The British Red Cross helped organise the One Love Manchester benefit concert and television special, raising £7.3m in proceeds for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
  • After the Manchester Arena attack, the British Red Cross deployed 45 emergency response volunteers and staff, 19 ambulance crews and 22 psychosocial volunteers. For the first 48 hours after the attack we were active in supporting those affected.
  • Our psychosocial support team members provided 24/7 support primarily to bereaved families and friends at the Etihad stadium and two hotels where they were staying. Our teams were also at St Ann’s Square.
  • We launched a support line, operated by 17 staff and volunteers, to provide practical and emotional support. The British Red Cross provided five ambulances to three hospitals in the areas and four ambulance support crews were on standby. At the Royal Oldham Hospital we provided a hospital discharge service, and psychosocial support and welfare assistance. 

ENDS

For media enquiries:

Rachael Dry, Media Relations Officer for the North 
0161 888 8913/07711 008782 or email RachaelDry@redcross.org.uk 

Out of Hours - 07710 391703

Notes to editors

1. The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies. We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives. www.redcross.org.uk

2. For advice and support for those affected by the Manchester Arena attacks, including help on dealing with anniversary, visit the Manchester Attacks Support website here.

You can find the full programme of events to mark the Manchester anniversary here.

For more information on the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund and to donate, visit the website here.